Restored Louis Riel monument to be rededicated Thursday – CBC

by ahnationtalk on August 31, 2017233 Views

The statue has been given a facelift and moved to a new location in St. Vital’s Riel Park

Aug 31, 2017

A monument to Manitoba’s founder, which was in such disrepair it was being used as a community billboard, is being rededicated Thursday.

Riel Park in St. Vital has been home to the concrete sculpture of Louis Riel since 1979. But its designer was shocked last year when he paid a visit to his work.

“I drove down there last year in the fall and I was disappointed and a bit disgusted,” said Randall Ranville. “It was painted a really, really terrible colour — it was a greyish-green. The folks in the area were putting notices on the monument for up-and-coming events. Posters were attached to it.”

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